Combat & Casualty Care

Q1 2017

Military Magazines in the United States and Canada, Covering Combat and Casualty Care, first responders, rescue and medical products programs and news\Tactical Defense Media

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Maj. Gen. Barbara R. Holcomb, USAMRMC Commanding General and Chief, U.S. Army Nurse Corps, visited the site for a day during the exercise along with Col. William Geesey, USAMMDA commander, to see the work in progress. Col. Maria Summers, Chief Nurse, 115th CSH, spoke about how things worked on Fort Polk and introduced personnel from the 115th staff who took part in the exercise. A few of them provided input into what goes into their daily experiences and how they could gain and lend knowledge and support to the exercise. Holcomb, having served in a few field hospitals herself, including the 47th CSH during Desert Storm, stressed the importance of going through the training of employing a field hospital, including integrating power and water. "This is the environment that I love; I spent a lot of time in it," said Holcomb. Maximizing Application During the tour, Lee pointed out the Rigid Wall Shelters and explained the need for Retrofit kits in order to address inadequacies of the ageing shelters. He mentioned three main benefits of the kits: the carbon-composite material allows for more floor stability and minimizes vibration during surgery; the containers can stack nine- high, which lessens shipping costs; and Tnemec's Aerolon 945 will be applied to the ceiling, which will help provide better insulation, thereby reducing heat and cold loss through the top of the shelter. The USAMMDA will begin retrofitting shelters in fiscal year 2017. According to Lee, an additional item available for the TEMPER air-supported shelters is a solar shade which reduces the solar loading by 90 percent. It is laid over the top of the shelter before it is deployed. The newer 32-foot tents displayed onsite are 10 inches shorter than the current tents to accommodate the new collective protection liners, which can be used in case of a chemical or biological attack. Having attended the briefing and seen the deployment of a TEMPER air-supported shelter, Holcomb indicated that she was impressed that a 64-foot section of the shelter had just been inflated in about 15 minutes as she stood and watched. In addition, Holcomb said, "There is a huge improvement in the material being lighter and more air tight. It offers better infection control, as the old TEMPER could get sand in it. It was also much more labor intensive." All of the improvements, now available to the shelters themselves, are excellent additions to the new modular concept in providing a better way of organizing and providing hospitals to troops in the field. 28 Nov - 1 Dec 2017 | National Harbor, MD 126th Annual Meeting Maj. Gen. Barbara R. Holcomb COMPLIMENTARY SUBSCRIPTION | scan the code to sign up now! Jaime Lee, USAMMDA Medical Support Systems Project Management Office product manager, briefs Maj. Gen. Barbara R. Holcomb, USAMRMC Commanding General and Chief, U.S. Army Nurse Corps, on the field hospital non-medical equipment verification event as Col. Maria Summers (second from the right) and other members of the 115th CSH look on. (Photo courtesy of Carey Phillips, USAMMDA) Mobile Medical Fielding Hospital-level Care 8 | Combat & Casualty Care | Spring 2017

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